Among Adam Lanza's Interests: Pedophilia
But expert hesitates to pin Sandy Hook massacre on sexual urges
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2014 6:00 PM CST
This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza.   (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)

(Newser) – Adam Lanza, pedophile? The 20-year-old who perpetrated the Sandy Hook massacre and killed himself on Dec. 14, 2012, kept documents on his hard drive showing an interest in pedophilia, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Topping the list is a screenplay, Lovebound, that depicts a relationship between a 10-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man. There are also documents in support of "pedophiles' rights and the liberation of children." What's more, Lanza told a friend that pedophilia was "a disease that needed to be treated and not look at as evil," according to a police report on the shooting.

Appearing as Smiggles in an online forum, Lanza posted that children are duped by "culturapists" and "carried to other worlds in the stream of semen," reports the Daily Beast. Someone responded: "Doesn’t anybody else notice that Smiggles sometimes sends huge 'I AM A PEDOPHILE' signals?" If Lanza was battling pedophilic urges, that's "still a long way from explaining what he did," said Fred Berlin, an expert in sexual behavior, but he doesn't rule it out. Michael Daly puts it more bluntly at the Daily Beast: "So maybe 20-year-old Adam Lanza was a kind of pedophile whose idea of having sex with kids was to shoot them." (A seven-minute call Lanza made to an Oregon radio station in 2011 grabbed headlines last week.)

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Pamela Valemont
Jun 9, 2014 2:45 AM CDT
There is no doubt Adam's mother and the health authorities are to blame for not having this young man committed to an institution where he belonged. However, his father is not exempt from blame either. I have just seen a picture on the Internet of Adam Lanza at one year of age or possibly younger, playing with a real gun, surrounded by an arsenal of weapons. His Dad now says he wishes he had never been born. I am sure Adam also wishes this now, in retrospect, that he had never been born, certainly not into that family. They, the crazy gun culture of America to which they ascribed and contributed, combined with the absence of tight gun laws in the USA are entirely responsible for this incredibly cruel tragedy. There is no psychological test that can adequately safeguard the community against such a crazed gunman, and no way of knowing when they will strike, where, or at whom. The only answer is to ban the guns out of the hands of the general populace, especially heavyweight military hardware, for whom such guns were not designed in the first place. Adam Lanza and the Newtown Massacre ebook
Mark Harder
Apr 15, 2014 11:35 PM CDT
Strange coincidence? When I first clicked on this link I was taken to a Cafe Mom page titled "Baby's Firsts".
Jan 21, 2014 6:53 PM CST
Don't pay attention to feenix219's self-absorbed victimization crap. As human beings, we all have the free will to choose not to act on our violent, obscene, and/or immoral impulses. Our sense of morality is what separates us from the base-level existence of animals and certain Freudian-deluded progressive socialists...who shall remain nameless (However, I suspect that a few of the aforementioned commentators shall appear quite shortly). feenix219, you should be ashamed of your post(s)...